Judith Carroll

I started teaching for the Inner London Education Authority in Finsbury Park in 1973 and finally retired in Cornwall in 2016.  My career took me to schools in the city, the town and in rural areas. In London, it involved me in teaching and creating resources for children for whom English was an additional language, in initiatives to combat racism in schools and in taking full advantage of the buzz and excitement of inner city life both in schools and out.  I married in 1980 and our son was born in 1982. 

I left London in 1990 to take up the deputy headship of a school in Yeovil, Somerset, which broadened my horizons in a period of change.  The introduction of The National Curriculum and schools’ responsibility for their own budgets gave us a lot to think about back then. In 1996-7 I was seconded to Ofsted (an interesting experience). 

In 2000 I arrived in Constantine where I had a variety of jobs, including Head’s Relief, class teacher, Co-ordinator for English and History and SENCO. I also worked for the Local Authority’s Dyslexia Service.

Post retirement I have become a committed volunteer at the Museum of Cornish Life Helston, helping to run education workshops and welcoming visitors at the front desk.  My community is important to me and the museum is at the heart of Helston. Of course, I take part in Flora Day celebrations as a prickly old hedge in the Hal-an-Tow. I also volunteer at The Writers’ Block in Pool, providing opportunities for children to write purely for pleasure.

It has been a pleasure since my retirement to remain in touch with Constantine School, currently as Local Advisory Board governor. I hope that all my years of involvement in education will be of assistance in helping the school to continue to be one where children learn in a vibrant, adventurous and supportive atmosphere.

Jude Carroll